RESEARCH: Windows 7 Winning Fans Among CIOs
Analyst Rob Enderle shares his findings on early rollouts
SMBs are speeding up their plans to adopt Windows 7 after its official launch last year. This was the conclusion of a study by Spiceworks in which 1,500 IT professionals were polled. The respondents came from 85 countries around the globe, with close to half (44 percent) coming from North America.
I took a look at the free report here (sign-in required) and highlight some of the findings below.
As highlighted earlier, SMBs appear to be accelerating plans to adopt Windows 7, with 20 percent more companies planning to switch to Windows 7 after its official launch. Indeed, most plan to do so in six to 12 months, proof of a more aggressive implementation strategy by these companies.
This is significant because many companies typically wait for the release of the first service pack before moving to a new Microsoft operating system. For such a substantial increase to take place speaks of the desirability and general confidence in the new operating system.
Speed improvements the driving force to upgrade
When asked about the reasons for their decision to upgrade to Windows 7, 62 percent of IT professionals with plans to do so cited speed as the primary reason; this proved true where early adopters of Windows 7 were concerned as well. Having used the RTM version Windows 7 Enterprise myself for about three months now, I can attest that Windows 7 performs much faster and with greater stability than the unpopular Windows Vista.
Cost the main deterrent
Not surprisingly, the main reason given by IT professionals with no plans to upgrade has to do with a lack of cost/benefit. This makes sense in a way: Windows 7 does not offer that much in terms of new capabilities, especially for older hardware and networks. I would extrapolate that companies with older hardware are likely to be smaller shops loathe to pay hundreds of dollars for an upgrade license.
Alternatively, they could also be perfectly happy with existing computers, or have plans to purchase new PCs with Windows 7 preinstalled.
Have you upgraded to Windows 7 yet? If no, what are the reasons holding you back?